Clive Algar’s third novel, Comets, has been published as an eBook. It is the first of his books to appear in this form, though there are plans for the first two to be made available as eBooks in the next few months.
Comets differs from Clive’s previous novels in that the action does not range across broad physical landscapes. Journeys to the End of the World is set in the shattered battlefields of World War I France and Flanders; among the mountains, valleys and rivers of South Africa’s Western Cape Province; and on its Indian Ocean beaches. Flowers in the Sand takes place among the arid, stony hills of Namaqualand.
Comets, however, is set entirely within Cape Town and its immediate surrounds, and the main part of the story takes place almost entirely during one crucial year in the lives of its protagonists. Much of the action of Comets concerns the complex and sometimes troubled relationships between a handful of people whose lives are changed irrevocably during the fateful year of 1836.
When Halley’s Comet appears in the sky above the Cape of Good Hope there is a superstitious belief among some that it could influence the lives of people; but later it becomes clear that far more powerful influences arise from the interrelationships of the characters themselves – the “human comets” of the story.